One ice box has been constructed to the Scottish Building Standard, while the other meets the Passive House Standard, a highly energy efficient building performance standard, which the Glasgow City Council and local housing associations have increasingly implemented in new build and retrofit projects. As the name suggests, Passive House buildings make efficient use of passive heating and cooling sources. In order to demonstrate this during the Ice Box Challenge, each box is filled with an equal amount of ice at the beginning of the experiment. When opened at the closing ceremony on August 6, the amount of ice left in each box will be measured. The level of ice remaining will demonstrate how well each ice box passively kept out the heat.
The Challenge also offers visitors the opportunity to learn more about the Passive House Standard and win great prizes!
The Ice Box Challenge opening ceremony will take place on Friday, July 23, 2021 in St Enoch Square, Glasgow from 12:30 to 2pm. Speakers include Councillor Ruairi Kelly, Convener of the Neighbourhoods, Housing and Public Realm Committee at Glasgow City Council; Ann-Marie Fallon from Architype and Barbara Lantscher of John Gilbert Architects, two of the UK’s leading Passive House architectural firms and Dr Julio Bros-Williamson and the winning student team to talk about taking their design from concept to reality. The ceremony will provide an opportunity to learn more about the Ice Box Challenge, tackling the UK Climate Emergency through Passive House implementation and also mark the opening of the ‘Guess the remaining ice level’ contest; where entrants can win a weekend getaway for two at Malvern Passive House B&B in the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Beauty.
The closing ceremony will take place from 2:00-3:30 PM on August 6.
The project is a joint effort from the International Passive House Association, Glasgow City Council, Passive House Institute, Edinburgh Napier University and Passivhaus Trust and enjoys the patronage of the UNECE and Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction. The organisers hope to demonstrate the significance of an efficiency first approach to building in the run-up to the UN Climate Change Conference, COP26, this November.
Find out more at www.iceboxchallenge.org
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